Party favour box cutter prompts investigation

Dollarama investigating utility knife found in party cracker

Most people expect a cheap plastic trinket and a paper crown when they break into a party cracker, not a rusty boxcutter.

In late January Sasha Sinkewicz was hosting a birthday party for her daughter at her home in Langford. For the party she purchased birthday crackers, which are like Christmas crackers.

When her daughter pulled open her cracker she found a utility knife inside. An adult immediately took the knife away from the young girl and nobody was hurt.

“It was really scary,” Sinkewicz said. “I’m just so happy that no one got hurt.”

West Shore RCMP looked into the incident but will not be investigating further. Cpl. Bryson Hill said police visited the house and saw the cracker and the knife, but can’t confirm one came from the other.

“(RCMP) observed the rusty boxcutter blade with tape around the handle,” Hill said. “We’re basically leaving it to be dealt with by the company that she bought it from. … There’s just nothing to suggest anything intentionally criminal.”

Dollarama, where Sinkewicz bought the crackers, is investigating the incident, said a spokesperson for the company. The company does not comment on ongoing investigations, but said that complaints are always looked in to.

“If an investigation is ongoing we don’t speculate on the outcome,” said Lyla Radmanovich.

Sinkewicz said a private investigator hired by Dollarama came and interviewed Sinkewicz and took photographs of the knife.

“It’s just scary, you know? Let people know, check your stuff,” said Sinkewicz. “It’s got me kind of paranoid about looking in things now though.”

 

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Just Posted

UVic second best comprehensive university in Canada: Macleans

B.C. schools take top two positions on yearly list

Langford woman charged after allegedly racking up $10,000 in loans using stolen identity

A 32-year-old Langford woman faces theft, fraud, and impersonation charges

Cruise ships leading culprits in rising greenhouse gas emissions at Ogden Point: report

The GVHA released its Emissions Inventory Report just days after City asks for restrictions

Saanich man charged in cross-border drug smuggling operation pleads guilty

William Milton Barnes was charged following a six-month joint investigation

Saanich safety upgrades, bike lane extension on Finnerty Road near completion

Raised instersection and sidewalks part of safety improvements near UVic

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Tickets available for Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame dinner and induction

Ryan Cochrane, Mike Piechnick and Rob Short among the inductees

Suspect hits woman with pipe, jumps into waiting truck in downtown Nanaimo

Police say victim believes ‘vicious assault’ was an attempted purse-snatching

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

B.C. principal suspended for failing to help student who reported inappropriate touching

Principal didn’t remove student from the teacher’s class nor call the parents within a reasonable time

Port Moody mayor goes back on unpaid leave during sex assault investigation

Rob Vagramov said he intends to return as mayor in three or four weeks

Most Read